Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari, BPsych (Hons Class 1) WSU, PhD WSU: is the academic leader of the BabyLab (Interim) and postdoctoral research fellow in early word learning within the MARCS Institute at WSU. Her research aims to understand how psychosocial factors influence early speech and language development. She is currently funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenburg Foundation (2014-2019) as co-investigator on a grant investigating the relationship between vocal emotion in parents' infant-directed speech and early word learning in Sweden and Australia. Other research interests include the effect of psychosocial interventions on parent-child communication, and understanding how psychosocial factors influence early speech and language development. Christa previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Unit: Hearing, Nottingham University UK (2010-2012).